Bed and Breakfast

Stay in the historic house, home to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation* in West Sussex, in single, twin or double rooms.

Bedrooms are mostly traditional in style with a smaller number of contemporary style rooms. You can expect a peaceful stay as all rooms are without a television. Rooms are located in the house or in the Old Vicarage, a 19th century house situated behind the College.

Bed and breakfast is from £88 per room per night. Availability varies as we are a working college with a popular short course programme that includes a residential option.

If you're booking accommodation as part of a short course, you will need to do this with your course booking.

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* West Dean House, home to the College, is a Grade II listed building of cultural and historical significance. As part of our ten year strategy we are restoring the 126 year old roof. Scaffolding went up in July 2018 and the work is expected to take 86 weeks.

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Relax in beautiful surroundings

An escape to West Dean House, set in 6,400 acres of countryside, offers a retreat location with stunning views and the tranquil West Dean Gardens which you can explore during your stay.

Wander through the 300 foot-long Edwardian Pergola and the Victorian Glasshouses; these are some of the few still in use in the UK. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take some time out to explore St Roche's Arboretum and its 50 acres with hidden glades and impressive views.

Swim in our outdoor heated swimming pool (open May to September) or enjoy a game of croquet or bowls on the lawn, overlooking the South Downs. There is also plenty of free parking.

Mid-week breaks

Stay with us this winter and enjoy a mid-week break and save 10% off our standard rate.

Escape to the beautiful South Downs and explore acres of walks around West Dean Gardens. Why not stay for a West Dean Afternoon Tea in the Gardens Restaurant? Or even upgrade to the 'Sparkling Afternoon Tea'?

Join us for one of our arts/music events during your stay. See the full calender of what's on.

Dinner is also available in the College restaurant and can be pre-booked or booked when you arrive.

To make a booking and save 10% call 01243 811301 or complete our enquiry form above.

Festival of Speed 2020

We are now taking B&B bookings for visitors of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This four-day world renowned annual event near Chichester offers something for every type of car enthusiast, from classics to supercars and of course the famous Hillclimb. The event is taking place 9-12 July 2020 and Goodwood Motor Circuit is just a 5 minute drive from West Dean.

Stay with us and enjoy a peaceful break in the historic West Dean House, an oasis of quiet and beauty nestled in the South Downs.

The rate is £325 per night (single rooms) or £450 per night (double rooms). Bed and Breakfast is for a minimum 3 night stay.

To book email or call 01243 818314.

Find out more and buy tickets on the Festival of Speed website.

Sustainability at West Dean

Sustainability is important to us and all of the hot water and heating needs of guests are met entirely and on a sustained basis, by our state-of-the-art wood-chip fired biomass heating system, which uses wood fuel grown on West Dean Estate.

New trees are continually being planted across the 2,000 acre woodland to ensure this renewable source of energy can be sustained.

Additionally, hand wash and lotions bottles are refilled throughout the college, and a newly installed milk fridge in the College dining room reduces our use of plastic. Our vegetable deliveries come in reusable containers, and we aim to use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.

Things to do

Just six miles from the historic city of Chichester and a few minutes' drive from Goodwood Racecourse, there is plenty to do during your stay:

See our list of things to do

Contact us

To book bed and breakfast please call 01243 811301 or email

Due to the historic nature of West Dean House, we regret that we cannot allow children to stay in the property overnight.

Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us